Sponges: A Museum Victoria Field Guide by Julian Finn, Lisa Goudie, Mark Norman

By Julian Finn, Lisa Goudie, Mark Norman

We would contemplate sponges as toilet gadgets however the genuine residing animals are way more attention-grabbing. they arrive in all styles and sizes, ensue in all oceans of the area, and feature impressive lives. Sponges have lived in our oceans for six hundred million years. historic types even equipped reefs larger than the nice Barrier Reef. this present day, sponges support fresh our oceans, are specialists are chemical struggle and will rebuild themselves after being torn aside. a few even dwell for 2000 years. there's nonetheless a lot to profit concerning the variety and biology of sponges in southern Australian waters, with many species nonetheless looking ahead to formal medical description. This consultant introduces naturalists, beachcombers, divers and others to sponge species as a rule encountered in southern Australia.

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By Julian Finn, Lisa Goudie, Mark Norman

We would contemplate sponges as toilet gadgets however the genuine residing animals are way more attention-grabbing. they arrive in all styles and sizes, ensue in all oceans of the area, and feature impressive lives. Sponges have lived in our oceans for six hundred million years. historic types even equipped reefs larger than the nice Barrier Reef. this present day, sponges support fresh our oceans, are specialists are chemical struggle and will rebuild themselves after being torn aside. a few even dwell for 2000 years. there's nonetheless a lot to profit concerning the variety and biology of sponges in southern Australian waters, with many species nonetheless looking ahead to formal medical description. This consultant introduces naturalists, beachcombers, divers and others to sponge species as a rule encountered in southern Australia.

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Green darners are among the largest and fastest flying dragonflies in North America. In some countries, dragonflies once had a bad reputation. ” However, in Japan dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness. To some Native Americans they represent swiftness and activity. 29 Glossary ambush: Make a surprise attack on something. breed: Multiply by producing young. camouflage: Type of coloring or shape that makes something hard to see against its background. compound eye: A bundle of many very simple eyes that act together to form a picture.

Darning: A type of sewing, used to mend holes in knitted clothes such as socks. fertilize: In animals, to add the material that makes an egg develop into a baby. fossil: The remains of an ancient creature preserved in rock. freshwater: Water that is not obviously salty, as in ponds, rivers, and most lakes. larva: The young life stage of an insect, when it does most of its feeding. Plural is larvae. lens: See-through structure in the eye that focuses light to form a picture in the brain. mating: When males and females come together to produce young.

Tadpole: The young form of a frog or toad, which lives underwater. tandem: Arranged one behind the other. territory: In animals, an area that is claimed as a feeding or breeding site. It is usually claimed by the male but not always. wingspan: The width across an animal’s wings measured from tip to tip. 30 Further resources Books Nikula, Blair, Jackie Sones, Donald Stokes, and Lillian Stokes. Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2002. A colorful, simple-to-use guide to dragonflies, containing photographs of the most common species.

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